Alabama Record Book Review, Preseason 2011

I received the Alabama football 2011 Media Guide in the mail last week.  (The online version can be downloaded here.)  Besides looking at the player bios, looking at the Alabama record book is my favorite part of the guide.

From Rolltide.com

Here’s a few observations after taking a look at this year’s edition:

Alabama loses it’s single season rushing record holder, Mark Ingram, who ran for 1,658 yards in 2009. Ingram, in three years, fell short of the all-time rushing record held by Shaun Alexander (3,565).

Ingram also finished his career with a 5.70 yards per carry average, good for second all-time at Alabama.

Trent Richardson’s 6.25 yards per carry average last year was good for the fifth best season average (minimum of 100 attempts).

Richardson has a career total of 1,451 rushing yards so he’s unlikely to break Alexander’s all-time mark (assuming 2011 is his last season with the Tide).

Greg McElroy finished his career as Alabama’s third all-time in passing yards (5,691) and first all-time in completion percentage (66.3% – minimum 200 attempts).  McElroy also set the single season mark last year for yards (2,987) and completion percentage (70.9% – minimum 200 completions).

If AJ McCarron wins the starting quarterback job this year, he has the opportunity to QB the tied for three full seasons. Philip Sims would potentially have four full seasons. Either QB would likely have a great opportunity to become the Tide’s top all-time passing leader and smash John Parker Wilson’s all-time career mark of 7,924 yards. Sims would likely be the Tide’s first 10,000 yard passer.

Either QB is likely to push 60 career touchdown passes, breaking JPW’s career mark of 47.

Julio Jones missed becoming the Tide’s all-time receiver (statistically) by 15 catches and 270 yards.

Richardson also missed the single season career kickoff yardage mark by 23 yards. The season  record is held by Javier Arenas (657 in 2007). In other words, Richardson missed the record by about one kickoff return. His season average last year of 26.2 yards per return is good for the third best season average of all-time.

Mark Barron has 10 career interceptions and Robert Lester has 8. It would take a monster year by either player to best Antonio Langham’s career mark of 19.

C.J. Moseley had two interceptions for touchdowns last year, tying the record for the most in a single season. One more pick six for Moseley gives him a tie for the career mark.

Of all the records mentioned here, I think Moseley has the best shot for setting either a season or career standard given his nose for the ball and the fast start he had as a freshman last year.

I don’t foresee Richardson breaking Ingram’s season rushing record this year. I also don’t see either QB passing for 3,000 yards, which would break McElroy’s season passing record.

A couple of things of note:

1) Alabama must replace it’s all-time leading QB and it’s second leading all-time running back and receiver (statistically speaking). Worthy backups await, but this is a tall order.

2) The most important stat for this year (other than winning)?  Completion percentage. McElroy smashed the season and career completion percentage marks (minimum 200 completions). If either Sims or McCarron get close to 65% this year, expect #14 to follow.

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